Zhilei Zhang outweighed Deontay Wilder by almost 70lbs ahead of their fight in the Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia tomorrow (June 1) night.

With 63 knockouts between them, their bout has captured the imagination more than any other on the 5 x 5 bill, that features fighters from Queensberry Promotions and Matchroom against one another.

Zhang said after weighing in: “I think it’s a different Deontay Wilder [from the past], he was really hungry, destructive, right now he’s an old soldier.”

Craig Richards and Willy Hutchinson went nose-to-nose but kept a lid on their bad blood and saved it for fight night. Malik Zinad was noticeably taller than WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitrii Bivol, who said: “I know he’s confident, he’s a good fighter, he’s never lost and he wants this fight.”

Bivol said he has not looked ahead to the possible Artur Beterbiev unification fight and said: “I’ve been boxing for more than 25 years, I’m focused on my opponent.”

“I’m feeling fantastic,” Zinad replied. “Tomorrow’s going to be war. I’m so happy for this. Tomorrow is action.”

Daniel Dubois came in at a career-high weight, although Hrgovic outweighed him by two pounds. “Let’s get down to business,” said Hrgovic. “I believe I will smash him tomorrow.”

Dubois countered: “I’m not here to fuck around. I’m here for war. Let’s go.”

WBA featherweight championship

Raymond Ford – 125.4lbs

Nick Ball – 125.8lbs


Hamzah Sheeraz – 159.6lbs

Austin Williams – 159.4lbs

Light heavyweight

Craig Richards – 174.2lbs

Willy Hutchinson – 174lbs

WBA light heavyweight championship

Dmitrii Bivol – 175lbs

Malik Zinad – 174.2lbs


Daniel Dubois – 245.8lbs

Filip Hrgovic – 247.4lbs


Zhilei Zhang – 282.8lbs

Deontay Wilder – 214.6lbs

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